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(p. 140) The Relation of Animal Maltreatment to Aggression 

(p. 140) The Relation of Animal Maltreatment to Aggression
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(p. 140) The Relation of Animal Maltreatment to Aggression
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Emily Patterson-Kane

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199360901.003.0005
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date: 11 April 2021

Animal maltreatment has long been of interest in criminology and forensic psychiatry and psychology because of its suspected relation to aggression in general and crimes against humans in particular. Is there a relation between animal maltreatment and greater risk of aggression against others? The mere fact that a greater proportion of persons with crimes against people have animal abuse histories does not answer this question, because it is possible that most people who maltreat animals do not harm humans. This chapter reviews the empirical evidence and examines whether there are ways in which animal maltreatment offers warnings about later general aggression and criminal behavior.

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